Turner said that Church leaders need to return to an authentic presentation of the totality of the Gospel, and to challenge rather than compromise with the current culture.
"I think we need leaders who are willing to answer the hard questions young people are asking, who are more inclined to engage the culture than to make excuses for it, and who are willing to admit mistakes and failure with honesty and humility," she said.
"We need leaders who are unafraid to give us the Gospel in its most intense, undiluted form; the Gospel for which the martyrs offered their lives and whose beauty has inspired countless works of art over the centuries," she added.
Only this kind of engagement with the Gospel and the hearts of young people will be effective in calling them out of complacency and into relationship with Christ, she said.
Br. Neil Conlisk, a 30 year-old Carmelite brother, told CNA that he feared the synod's bishops would not listen to young people's desire for authenticity and truth and that they would continue on with "business as usual" and talk past young people.
"No one wants a worldly Church," he said. "I fear that the Synod Fathers will try to change the Church in the name of the youth, but this 'change-the-church' fever is a symptom of the illness that has caused the long decline, and we simply cannot afford to destroy the Church any more."
"We are hearing, from many bishops, moralistic therapeutic deism, but we want the fullness of the faith within the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church," he added.
In addition to speaking the truth, Johnson said that what he hopes arises from the synod is a greater recognition throughout the Church of the need to live lives of holiness, so that young people have examples to follow in the Christian life.
"Young people need to see examples of holiness so that they know that Christianity is true, it's beautiful and its attainable," he said.
When young people need to see that there are Christians who "weren't born perfect, but there are people who admit their weaknesses and rely on the Lord's strength and are able to lead lives of holiness," whether that person is a bishop or a priest or a lay member of the Church, he said.
This need for examples of Christian holiness is not new, Borsellino told CNA, but it is a constant need throughout the history of the Church.
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"Young people need radical, authentic witnesses of the Gospel in this world that are willing to speak to their hearts," she said. "It has always been and will always be a need. Jesus knew that well when he formed those intimate relationships with his disciples."
Vocational discernment is another point of focus for the youth synod. As young people who have discerned at least the first few steps of a religious vocation, many of the young religious CNA spoke to said they hoped the synod bishops would emphasize the importance of a relationship with Jesus through prayer and the sacraments as key to discernment.
"Discernment is about listening to God's voice and one cannot do that without having a relationship with Jesus," said Sr. Kathryne of the Holy Trinity, a 26-year old with the Mercederian Sisters. "Then once that relationship is established, it cannot remain stagnant."
Johnson said he was surprised by the strong desire for increased access to the sacraments and Eucharistic adoration expressed by the delegates at the pre-synod meeting - something that has been echoed in synod's working document.
"When it comes to questions of discernment and being disposed to discern God's will, I think focusing on silence and being in the presence of Christ (particularly) in the Eucharist" are important, he said.
Another desire of young people expressed in the pre-synod document was for more formation in the faith. Borsellino said she was surprised by how many basic things about the faith she did not know until she began religious life, and emphasized the need for ongoing formation even after young people are confirmed.